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Through January 8
Sheryl Oring transforms spoken words into visual entities. In so doing, she provides more personal and diverse perspectives on public opinion while giving a more empowered presence to individual voices. These unredacted transcriptions, taken during interviews with random volunteers, act as platforms for different voices and characterize the broad scope of our national conversation.
In 2004, with support from the First Amendment Project (Oakland, CA), Oring staged the first performance in her I Wish to Say project. Motivated by her belief in our Constitutional right of free expression, Oring created this project as a way to amplify the many voices that she felt were not being heard in this country. I Wish to Say is a multidimensional project where Oring sets up a portable office - complete with a manual typewriter - and invites people to dictate postcards to the President. Once a performance has concluded, Oring produces facsimiles of the transcriptions and mails the original postcards to the White House. To date, nearly 5,000 postcards have been sent to the President as part of this project. Performances have occurred around the country and, thanks to a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation, saw two national tours. Last March, Oring visited UNC Charlotte and staged three I Wish to Say performances. Nearly 40 responses were recorded and are included in this exhibition.
As an added component of this exhibition, Oring created 16 new designs that will be shown on five digital billboards located in and around uptown Charlotte.
Sheryl Oring is an artist, author, and educator. Currently, she is the Chair of the Art & Art History Department at Wayne State University in Detroit. She previously served as an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in the New Media and Design curriculum and in the Lloyd International Honors College. She earned her M.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of California, Sand Diego and her B.S. degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Pictured here: students from First Ward Elementary School learn about the Henrique Oliveira installation and the improvisatory dance Tres para Tres.
About the CoA+A Gallery System: The mission of the College of Arts + Architecture gallery system is to create lively forums in which the curious encounter the work of global, regional, and local artists through diverse media and dynamic exchanges that are nourished by the intellectual and creative life of the university. Our programming will echo crossovers of the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, and dance inherent to the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte. We seek to provide a haven for experimentation, to invigorate the environments we occupy, and to amplify the means to engage art and design in our community.